May 30, 2018

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Join Our June Webinar: Handling Threats on Campus
Are you interested in learning about Handling Threats and Other Disturbing Behavior on Campus? Please join us on Tuesday, June 12, 2018 at 2:00 PM ET to kick off our free webinar series,  Campus Public Safety Online, for 2018. We welcome one of our frequent guest presenters,  Marisa Randazzo, Ph.D. (PDF), principal and co-founder of SIGMA Threat Management Associates, LLC. Marisa, an international expert on threat assessment, targeted violence, and violence prevention, will discuss the question facing campus public safety officers and campus administrators most often in the wake of high profile school, campus, and workplace shootings: what are we doing to keep campuses safe?
In this webinar, Marisa will review the components and procedures of behavioral threat assessment, which is recognized as a current best practice to prevent violence on campus. She will provide a checklist of best-practice components, discuss how to evaluate current threat assessment programs or add threat assessment capabilities to a behavioral intervention team or CARE team, establish screening questions to know when it is important to use threat assessment, and provide tips on conducting threat assessments in the shadow of high profile mass shootings. 
This webinar is appropriate for campus administrators, campus public safety officers/police, student conduct & affairs, emergency management, risk management, counseling/EAP, human resources, and general counsel. Register online to save your seat!

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LGBT Pride Month and Misgendering
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month is an annual celebration occurring in June to honor the 1969 Stonewall riots that took place in Manhattan. The riots are seen as the tipping point for the Gay Liberation Movement. Since that time, LGBT Pride Month and the efforts to achieve equal justice and equal opportunities for LGBT Americans has made historic achievements, though continued work is necessary. The Library of Congress maintains a list of all executive and legislative documents that have been issued related to LGBT Pride Month as well as historical information and events for 2018 on their Pride Month website.
Colleges and universities are seeing an increasing number of transgender or genderqueer students enrolling or transitioning during their college careers. Misgendering, the act of intentionally or accidentally using the incorrect pronouns for a person, has become a larger concern for LGBTQ students on campus and has negative consequences for those that are misgendered. Misgendering may accidentally occur because of physical assumptions made about a person based on facial hair or lack thereof, high or low vocal range, chest or breast tissue or lack thereof, and type of genitals. Misgendering may also be deliberate. The Report of the 2015 U.S. Trans Survey (PDF) found that 46 percent of respondents experienced verbal harassment because of their gender identity, and 9 percent had been physically assaulted. Twenty-four percent of those who had already come out in college or vocational school experienced mistreatment in those settings. In addition, genderqueer people, or those who have taken fewer steps to transition, were most likely to be misgendered, according to a 2014  study in the journal Self and Identity.
What can campuses do to address this inequity? Mount Holyoke College provides information for supporting trans and non-binary students on their website. This includes information about the impact faculty can have in the first five minutes of each class in every semester; the usefulness of introductions, including pronouns; using gender neutral terms rather than relying on only two genders in statements, lectures, and other presentations on campus; and allowing for active learning. Their website also provides links to a variety of helpful resources from other institutions of higher education.
As part of its summer training series, The State University of New York (SUNY) system is holding the SPECTRUM Conference June 18-21, 2018 in Albany, NY. SPECTRUM stands for sexual & interpersonal violence prevention education, capacity building, and training in response for underserved sexual and gender minorities. The conference will address a variety of topics in its pre-conference (June 18), main conference (June 19-20), and post-conference (June 21) sessions including bystander intervention, violence and trauma in the trans community, inclusion and creating affirming spaces, addressing exclusion in policies and prevention programming, serving LGBTQI students through Clery, and much more. Registration is open.

No 1 Gets Hurt
June is National Safety Month.

National Safety Month - Ensure No One Gets Hurt
June is National Safety Month. Injuries are the leading cause of death for Americans ages 1 to 40, but there are many things people can do to stay safe and prevent injuries. Help spread the word about ways to reduce the risk of injuries and encourage faculty, staff, students, and others in your family and campus community to identify and report safety hazards. To ensure No One Gets Hurt, this year's campaign focus, the National Safety Council (NSC) is providing free downloadable resources highlighting a different safety topic for each week:
  • Week 1: Emergency Preparedness: Includes a tip sheet (English and Spanish) with information to prepare for the unexpected, a social graphic, and the following articles: "Is Your Workplace Prepared for a Tornado?" and "More Than Half of Workers Aren't' Trained on First Aid, CPR: Survey."
  • Week 2: Wellness: Includes a tip sheet (English and Spanish) to prioritize your wellness, a sample wellness program, a social graphic, and the following articles: "NSC Urges Organizations to Invest in Worker Sleep Health" and "NSC: Many Americans Personally Affected by the Opioid Crisis."
  • Week 3: Falls: Includes a tip sheet (English and Spanish) to prevent slips, trips, and falls, a social graphic, and the following articles: "Recognizing Hidden Dangers: 25 Steps to a Safer Office" and "Fall Protection Leads to OSHA's 'Top 10' List of Most Frequently Cited Violations."
  • Week 4: Driving: Includes a tip sheet (English and Spanish) to always drive safe, a social graphic, and the following articles: "Drowsy Driving a Bigger Danger Than Federal Data Indicates, AAA Claims" and "No Cellphones While Driving."

Employers are responsible for providing a safe work environment along with the financial support, management oversight, tools, and training workers need to do their jobs safely. According to data (PDF) from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, workplace fatalities are on the rise in the U.S., reaching 5,190 in 2016. This is the third consecutive annual increase and the first time in nearly a decade that the number has surpassed 5,000. Together, management and workers can take the SafeAtWork Pledge to do their part to make safety a personal priority.

Summer is approaching and bringing with it higher temperatures, longer days, and more sun. Read summer safety tips from the NSC about staying safe in hot weather, fireworks, bicycling, pedestrian safety, and more.

Professional Development Opportunities

Title: Website Accessibility Technical Assistance Initiative Webinar
Organization: U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights
  • June 5, 2018 at 1:00PM ET
  • June 12, 2018 at 1:00PM ET
Location: Online
Fee: Free
Title: Clery Act: Basics Training
Organization: Clery Center
Date: June 25, 2018
Location: Milton, MA
Fee: Registration fee
Title: LGBTQ on Campus for Faculty & Staff
Organization: Kognito
Date: On-Demand
Location: Online
Fee: Subscription/license fee

For additional trainings and events, access our searchable online calendar

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This project was supported by Grant No. 2013-MU-BX-K011 awarded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance. The Bureau of Justice Assistance is a component of the Office of Justice Programs, which also includes the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the National Institute of Justice, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the Office for Victims of Crime, and the Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking. Points of view or opinions in this document are those of author and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the US Department of Justice.
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